Includes mats and frames. Out of the box, theprintshave everything needed to find a space on the wall. The frames are brushed aluminum, about an inch deep. The mats are acid free and archival. Works on paper are framed under glass. Prints on metal do not require glass and are finished with a hand polished wax and varnish protective coat as used to protect artwork since the Renaissance.
The fine art prints on this site are uniquely made individual artist proofs. Artist proofs date back to the eighteenth century beginning with the English mezzotinters who made proofs for collectors. Proofs were considered to be more valuable and desirable than a print from a series because of their rarity and the insight they gave into the incremental progress of a work, something not usually available with drawings, paintings, or sculpture. Artist proofs differ from the standard edition print in that they belong to the artist. In some cases several are made in the exploration of an image, no two being identical. Rembrandt who had his own etching press was renown for making proofs that recorded his work in various states.
Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist, Wendy Skog, and indicating that it is a unique, one of a kind artwork and not a copy or reproduction of an artwork. Each proof has been created from start to finish as a singular piece and the certificate that accompanies a purchased print confirms and garantees originality. In addition, each proof is signed by the artist.
Prints made with pigment inks on archival paper have a known lifespan of at least 100 years. Pigment inks contain the same pigments as artist's professional grade oil or acrylic paints. They are far superior to ink dyes granting the pigment ink print a lifetime of vibrance. Archival papers made by companies that have made artists' fine art papers for over 500 years such as Arches watercolor paper are used exclusively in this portfolio. Hand made quality papers made from natural fibers like cotton, sugarcane, and bamboo are acid free and are as durable as canvas especially if preserved under glass.
The prints are hand created exclusively by Canadian artist, Wendy Skog. Incorporating techniques from photo, collage, traditional print-making, digital manipulation, drawing and painting, the images are developed incrementally. Interesting variations of the image are produced and printed on the particular archival substrate that most enhances the emotional and visual qualities of the image. Each image is unique and never duplicated. Only collectible proofs that maintain aesthetic quality are retained and made available directly from the artist's studio.
Images are extensively manipulated, collaged and layered digitally to create prints that retain the hands on sensitivity and quality of fine art print-making. Traditional print-making processes incorporate many deadly chemicals such as acetone, asphaltum, lacquer thinners, naptha, isopropyl alcohol, etc. and are hazardous to the environment as well as the artist. Digital printmaking is by far less toxic and in today's world of high resolution printing, a popular tool for expression especially with the availability of fine art printing papers.